Jan
20

“Ai-Ki, The Balance of Nature,” by Nev Sagiba

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“Time is the great leveller. Winning and losing, gain and loss are relative concepts that miss noticing the grand picture that is the universal process of building new possibilities through mitosis.”

In the end, it does not matter who wins, loses or draws: The balance of nature will always win. The greater part of our histories were wasted in misdirected efforts that accrued no lasting gain. Much good was lost and what little we gained had to survive immense attrition, often to be lost again.

Had we learnt the lessons that truly matter, we would now be travelling in a life enhancing direction, instead of an extractive, depleting death generating trajectory of pollution, wars and extinction.

The air. Without it we would die. But we contaminate it with blithe disregard, and continue to do so.
Water is essential for life as well. We continue to subvert it every way we can.
Our existence is only possible between a very fine scale of opportune stability which can support it, as we now are embodied. And yet we behave as it were an unlimited resource.
The biotic layer of earth that supports our life and our food is only a few inches thick.

Some birds mess in their nest so much they have to leave. We not only cannot fly, but have no alternate home to go to. Are we intending to drown in it? Possibly not, but our behaviours illustrate that we will.

The imagined “gains” are incomprehensibly stupid in the face of the fact we are trading continuance of existing.

The strangely sad thing is that all the figures and the valid science proves conclusively that sustainable and harmonious technologies are exponentially more profitable than the defective junk technologies that the retards and laggards among us still cling to.

If we don’t value our life and continue to show this by our actions, individually and collectively, Nature will eventually concede to the message we are continuing to transmit. When saturation point is reached there will be no stopping the consequences.

On that basis it can only make good sense to make it a way of life to better align with the Balance of Nature instead of continuing to run counter to it.

As you who is reading this well knows, the alternative to harmony is an existence filled with suffering, denial of suffering, chasing after things, not getting what you want, more discomfort, more chasing, more unrequited cravings, more failure to get, more denial and brief spark, a beginning, a potentially immensely valuable journey eventually coming to an end, entirely wasted and sidetracked.

Take a tip from the humble blade of grass and all things in Nature that grow. Wherever they land, that’s where they begin to grow.

The forces of nature and the universe then take care of the rest.

Aside from the next feed, animals don’t chase after so many things. Even catching a mate requires reciprocity of intent before it can consummate.

Of course there will be that salient individual who will be moved to ask, “What has any of this got to do with fighting arts?”

Indeed that will be his entitlement.

The only answer readily comes to mind right now is, “Continue in this direction and there will be no possibility of enjoying a good fight, you ignorant ******.” Furthermore the last fight you are likely to see is nature eating you and by then it will be too late for the lesson to be of any usable value.

In nature, when you don’t “get it” early, you die, disappear and become extinct. Each time a great imbalance appeared, the balance of nature restoring itself brought about a mass extinction. At the rate we are destroying and pillaging and making life forms extinct right now, we are in the middle of one.

Nature is not at risk. We are. We pillage from our life support systems and the conclusion is as logical as the man sawing a branch he is sitting on because he wants the wood. Will he survive the fall to use it?

That too is a choice, the result of consequences, for which participants are entirely responsible. But for the life of me I can’t really see the value in several billion of a species choosing to commit group seppuku.

And a real pity after the surviving great contributions in the arts, sciences and other fields of endeavour which when compared to the rocky desert of some planets could be considered a treasure in the universe. And these are only a beginning compared to the potential we contain and still fail to realise.

Life, properly cared for, is so full of so many immense opportunities, we as a species, have not even begun to scratch. It would be a real pity if we wasted them all away.

Neither the use of force, nor career victimhood work well. It requires a hierarchy of bullies to victimise downline as the chimps do. Whist we still retain most of the chimp attributes in our genes, you would think that after several million years, the kami gene would have taken root somewhat. At least a little.

Deep down we seem to know this. We like to tell ourselves in so many varieties of ways how great we like to think we are, whilst walking in the direction which is the very opposite.

The Great Universe is deaf to excuses. It operates by immutable laws, which whilst flexible in creative ways, are unyielding as to cause and effect consequences.

Where there are extremes, there will be friction. Friction can be allowed to fall into contention; but it can also be the basis for creativity. It’s a choice.

The basis of the universe is one pure essence differentiating into opposites, followed by friction and then the reconciliation of opposites returning to the source. This externally and internally. Winning and losing are relative concepts not founded in actuality but illusion. They “winners” of history are now dust. Aggressors in the end burn themselves out. The so called “losers” inherited the earth.

“The meek shall inherit the earth;” Psalms 25:8; and in the course of time the mineral rights as well. Only instead of suicidally extracting the life support systems, they may hopefully use them more responsibly. If there’s anything left to work with.

Time is the great leveller. Winning and losing, gain and loss are relative concepts that miss noticing the grand picture that is the universal process of building new possibilities through mitosis.

We as a species need to learn to look up, so that we may learn to step up. While we are still in a position to do so.

Dante Alighieri encapsulated in writing:

“…Think! This day will never dawn again!
The heavens are calling you and wheel around you,
Displaying to you their eternal beauties,
And still your eye is looking on the ground!
…………….
Naught but a gust of wind is earthly fame
Which blows from this side now, and now from that,
And as it changes quarter changes name…”

We have two legs. They don’t compete to see which is the best; they work together to enable walking and to move the body.

Birds need two wings working together to enable flight.

Opposites have much to gain from each other and more to trade than blows.

Aikido is a gentle reminder in the art, science and skill of augmenting life giving possibilities through exchange of ki and the reconciliation of differences.

That’s the beginning…

Nev Sagiba
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Comments

  1. Guido Barth says:

    Dear Nev,

    sounds all well but me as a “vegan” aikidoka am sorry to say that even in the community I rarely find people doing more than just “wanting” to be good, like anybody else. Do good – or better do nothing than just following nature’s (energy) laws (okay, a bit utopistic), is much to uncomfortable to most. Difficulties arise already when opening the windows in wintertime.
    What lacks? “Practice” – but not only jutsu and form; as
    ethics are theory or practice, OR both (spirit?, life in harmony?): on and off the mat. Who is responsible: God, Buddha, Jesus or YOU? You decide. You express. Who knows who is behind that all.

    Sincerely,
    Guido

    The Vegetarian Society of Germany

  2. …not that I’m complacent, but I grew up in LA, Santa Monica & Topanga Canyon. In SM I had asthma. Didn’t know what it was, but couldn’t breathe without pain. Going to school daily in the San Fernando Valley you couldn’t see the mountains beyond Glendale except when the Santa Ana winds cleared the mess out. The mess usually hung as a brown curtain that thinned out a bit west of Sherman Oaks. It isn’t like that anymore. Can we do better? Of course. But check the Pacific Research Institute, or Bjorn Lomborg for a more balanced report of where we are.

  3. Brett Jackson says:

    Very powerful and sets the context of where we are and what we face:

    “The balance of nature will always win.

    Had we learnt the lessons that truly matter, we would now be travelling in a life enhancing direction….

    When saturation point is reached there will be no stopping the consequences [and we are not sure when we will hit this point as it could be almost anytime, e.g. with the breakout of disease, etc]

    And a real pity … sciences and other fields of endeavour … a treasure in the universe.

    Whist we still retain most of the chimp attributes in our genes, you would think that after several million years, the kami gene would have taken root somewhat[!]

    Aikido is a gentle reminder in the art, science and skill of augmenting life giving possibilities through exchange of ki and the reconciliation of differences.”

    I like how you tie it up an come back to Aikido in the end as a way to promote a beginning. We need to change (deepen immensely) our attitudes, postures, and comportment to “nature”, including the nature which we ourselves are. We have to start where we are (with our own be-ing). Contributing to this beginning is the great ideal for Aikido Sensei’s too (dare I say)! ‘God speed us’ all in attaining to this probably greatest of all challenges.

  4. Just a few questions …

    1. How do you know what Nature can or can not do? Are you saying that you are that enlightened a being that you know?

    2. How do you know that the “Great Universe is deaf to excuses”? Are you that enlightened of the Great Universe that you are stating here to all who read that you know?

    3. This is what you say, “all the figures and the valid science proves conclusively that sustainable and harmonious technologies are exponentially more profitable than the defective junk technologies that the retards and laggards among us still cling to”, but you bring no scientific proof. Am I to just assume that you are a genius scientist who has knowledge that you want us to believe without proof?

    4. You state, “The basis of the universe is one pure essence differentiating into opposites …” but yet again, are we to just take your word that you are enlightened enough to know and understand the entire universe and how it operates? Are you really telling everyone reading that you’re that knowledgeable?

    5. What does the balance of nature have to do with aiki? Or are you saying that you know exactly what aiki is such that you can tell the rest of us how and where it pertains to nature? That you know exactly what nature is such that you can tell the rest of us how and where it pertains to aiki?

    6. You know exactly the conditions that brought about “mass extinction”? Really?

    How does one come by all this knowledge in one lifetime?

    • Just open your eyes and notice for yourself.
      What is there is there, and what’s not is not.
      No “knowledgeableness is required.
      Simply observation.

  5. Mark,

    On what basis do you premise your questions?

  6. Mark,

    You probably did not understand my question, so I’ll do you the courtesy of answering yours.

    Try this for size.

    1. How do you presume to know otherwise? Are you attempting to use lack of evidence as evidence of something? If so it would reveal nothing more than your ignorance. The earth is not flat.

    Read the rigorously proven, properly peer reviewed and tested science. I mean peer reviewed by the Royal Society or equivalent, not one of your mates.

    Enlightenment is a quaintly pompous term used by the arrogant. No such thing exists. Anyone can use their observation faculties to simply notice! If such a thing did exist, it would be a personal experience and not a wordsey contest. We all turn to dust and random atoms not long following our final breath.

    Learn to look around you and observe nature at work. Also try interacting with real life. Assuming you are not frightened to do so. What is, simply is and there is nothing you can do about it. We can learn to notice and adapt to survive. Talking about what could be, might be, you’d like to, you think might not be and all the other “what if’s” is a lot of nonsense.

    2. Throw a rock into the air. Stand under it and exercise your belief system. Or make excuses. See what happens. Physics and none of the other immutable laws of nature are about to change one atom, either for you or anyone else.

    Experiment similarly with other laws of nature. If you survive, you may acquire some measure of what you think is that fancy word, “enlightenment.” Or a simpler increase of understanding available equally to anyone.

    3. Read. Said proofs are both adequate and sufficient.

    4. Take it or leave it. I give a damn. Questioning is good. Blind belief is dumb. But before you question, have at least a modicum of a basis. Simply contradicting for the sake of it, achieves what exactly? Lack of knowledge is a basis for nothing more than vacuous hot air for which I have no time. People have been noticing and describing the same stuff for tens of thousands of years.

    In case you know better than these countless generations, lay it on us. Replace the wisdom of the ages with something better. I’m all ears.

    5. In your case probably nothing. For everyone else probably everything.

    6. Get your head out from where it is buried. Look around you. Get off the grass or whatever it is you are on.

    As for your questions, they reveal a lot of ignorance, insecurity and cynicism. One requires no “enlightenment” to see that. It is patent in that you use ignorance as a basis for arguing a point. But what is that worth? It merely seeks to foment.

    If you know otherwise please provide the “proof” you like to make noise about. Otherwise get educated. When you have a basis for a debate, come back to argue legitimately. Then ask something at least half intelligent.

    Regarding “How does one come by all this knowledge in one lifetime?” Said knowledge is readily available. Ask any three to seven year old. Go to school, find a library, listen to those who have studied. The work has been done by educated people. It has been tested to the degree it can be. Said knowledge is freely available to everyone living outside of a gulag.

    Finally I make no claims. So please don’t make them for me. I may be the village idiot for all you know. What I write is done to stimulate and challenge legitimate questioning that hopefully may lead to clear thinking. So feel free to accept, reject, question, discover for yourself, or simply bury your head. That choice is entirely your own. If you are going to comment, try to have the courtesy to say something meaningful from which everyone reading may gain, instead of being petulant.

  7. Brett Jackson says:

    Hi Nev Sensei, Thanks for your follow up comments above! Here are some of the out-takes worth underlinging.

    “Throw a rock into the air. Stand under it and exercise your belief system.” Love it! Compare: try not taking ukemi when an unrelenting Nikkyo is applied to your wrist and see what happens! Voila, a badly damaged wrist! :) No cultural relativism there! No “it all depends on your point of view!”

    “Anyone can use their observation faculties to simply notice!” This is the key! Like seeing how caught up everyone is with the in-vogue ideas, attitudes, opinions, political correctness, and forms of comportment of the day at the expense of any direct knowledge. You can feel the grab on your wrist — uke doesn’t need to offer nage a proof that his grab is there.

    “Questioning is good. Blind belief is dumb. But before you question, have at least a modicum of a basis.” Yes! Not doing so is just like standing there and questioning the attack … “Is that really a fist zooming in on my nose?” Wham!

    By the way, did you see Avatar yet (in 3D hopefully)? Wonderful, spectacular and a great story line. The native people “have” (better “are”) so much that we don’t “have” (in terms of be-ing) or have lost or obscured. It’s painful too in many ways because it brings out the evil in human beings very clearly in contrast with the suburb living ai-ki of the native population. In fact, the movie goes very well with your article here on the balance of nature.

    All the best!

  8. ;)

  9. phillip owen says:

    this is so inspirational, the universe in harmony with itself, the spinning planets needing one another but never colliding, we could learn a lot from nature as Osensei did, he understood the balance and serenity of nature, the love for all things which Aikido teaches and which if applied to everyday life brings calm especially when used with Zen ‘no mind’, and trust in the eternal Parent.
    Well done Nev Sagiba, keep them coming.

  10. The stone slows the water … the water around the stone …, one learns from the other …